Fine art and design auction ushers in new area of specialty for auction house

INDIANAPOLIS – Ripley Auctions will present its first Fine Art + Design Auction of 2013 on Thursday, January 24. The auction, which will offer more than 200 lots of fine and decorative art, will be held at the Indianapolis facility of sister company Antique Helper Auctions.

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry, titans of design are also represented throughout this auction. Included are significant historical pieces from throughout the 20th Century up to and including contemporary studio furniture. Highlights include excellent examples from Stickley, Knoll and Saarinen.

Dale Chihuly, Sun Yellow Basket Set, est. $16,000 – 20,000. (Photo courtesy Ripley Auctions)

Built around the expertise of company owner Dan Ripley and St. Louis art dealer Thom Pegg, Ripley’s Fine Art + Design Auction will feature a broad selection of important works in a variety of styles and mediums including American paintings, Indiana Art, Modern Art and Design, and Italian glass art.

The January auction will introduce a new area of specialization for the company with a substantial section of lots by many of the American Studio Glass movement’s most influential artists. Significant works by Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Harvey Littleton, Joel Philip Meyers, Richard Marquis and Paul Stankard will be offered for sale, among others.

Included in the fine art portion of this sale are a number of pieces that represent some of the most important artists from Indiana including George Winter, William Forsyth and Glenn Cooper Henshaw. All three would prove to be highly influential on not only their contemporaries in Indiana but artists throughout the region.

The auction will be held on Thursday evening, January 24th at 6 pm.

Pair of Ribbon Chairs, designed by Frank Gehry for Knoll, est. $1,500 – 2,000. (Photo courtesy Ripley Auctions)

Bidding is available in person, by phone, by advance bid and online at www.artfact.com.  More information is available at Ripley Auctions www.antiquehelper.com or by calling 317-251-5635.

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